Ideal Bride Magazine | December 2012 |
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Honeymoon Dreams: Sri Lanka Multi-Centre
A cultural diverse island located in the North Indian Ocean, incorporating relaxing retreats and unique attractions. Cliche honeymoon locations like the Maldives or Mauritius dominate the Indian Ocean, if exploring and once in a lifetime adventures appeal to you then step away from the turquoise waters and beach living and discover the delights of Sri Lanka.
A honeymoon destination can say as much about the married couple as their choice of wedding theme or dining options, as the choice of destination grows, so does the difficult decision in compromising both your dreams to create your perfect honeymoon. At Honeymoon Dreams, Sri Lanka is one of our most popular options.
The Honeymoon Dreams team recently created this itinerary for a couple; a 10 hour and 45 minute flight will take you from London Heathrow directly to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. A private car and driver will pick you up at the airport to start your tour of the teardrop shaped island. A beach resort is your first stop, a night of relaxation and rejuvenation at luxurious resort Mount Lavinia.
This resort, chosen for its relaxing demeanour and romantic views lets guests relax on the poolside terrace while watching the sunset over the azure blue Indian Ocean. After a hearty breakfast, your private tour starts with a journey to the Sigiriya region; the luxurious Elephant Corridor Hotel is the perfect setting for exploring this area. A visit to the rock fortress at Sigiriya offers spectacular views of the water gardens and the remainder of the once magnificent lion platform.
After a trip to The Rock Fortress, you will be taken back to your hotel where dinner will be served over views of The Rock Fortress and magnificent Sri Lankan scenery. The Elephant Corridor Hotel sits within 200 acres and is surrounded by serene jungle, within this is a 1,500-yard lake where guests can regularly see Elephants visit to quench their thirst.
The guests second day in Sigiriya is spent at The Dambulla Rock Caves and Temple, these five spectacular caves are housed under a vast rock overhanging the Temple. Dating back to second and third century BC, this is both the largest and greatest cave temple in Sri Lanka.
Standing alongside the magnificent temple are 80 caves containing ancient statues and paintings tell the story of Sri Lankan history. Indulge yourself in your final night at The Elephant Corridor with a luxurious spa treatment and a glass of champagne in your private plunge pool while watching the sunset.
The fourth day of your honeymoon offers a visit to Kandy and a stay at the five-star Clingendael Hotel. This exclusive resort features only five individual rooms, each with a private plunge pool and endless gardens. The afternoon is spent at The Temple of The Tooth, it is believed that this temple houses the left upper canine of the Lord Buddha himself; the evening is devoted to relaxation at your exclusive resort, dinner is served on guests private veranda while enjoying the serenity of your location.
The fifth and fun-filled day of your honeymoon is occupied with a visit to Pinnawala Elephant orphanage, watch the Elephants bathe, be fed and play around in the 25 acres of this sanctuary. Lunch will be served over looking the orphanage, followed by an Elephant Safari where you can ride and wash the Elephants yourselves. You will have a lot of fun while getting very wet, as the Elephants love splashing their riders. Enjoy a spa treatment, a soak in your private pool and dinner in the exquisite restaurant before your busy day tomorrow.
After a relaxing evening in the Clingendael Boutique Hotel, a private transfer will take you to the Nuwara Eliya Region to explore Sri Lanka’s famous tea plantations. The Heritage Tea Factory will be your home for one night, this recently restored tea factory offers sensational views from 6850 meters above sea level.
Spend the afternoon visiting the hotels own miniature tea factory or at their unique putting green. Dinner is a fine dining experience like no other, the hotels 1930’s themed restaurant is located in a restored train carriage, there is no menu, the restaurants chef personally discusses guest’s preferences. After waking up with breathtaking views of the local countryside, its time to explore the famous tea plantations, your private driver will take you through the twisting roads of the plantation.
After your visit to the tea factory, your private driver will whisk you off to Yala National Park for your two nights stay at Chaaya Wild Yala. This chosen resort borders Yala Wildlife Sanctuary offering 10 acres of jungle and endless unspoiled beaches. Spend the rest of your day relaxing at the observation deck bar, situated on the hotels top floor it offers 360 degree views of the surrounding forest and Indian Ocean.
An early morning wake up will all be worth it for your safari around Yala National Park, leopards, elephants and many different species of reptiles and birds. You will experience a full day safari split into two, leaving very early in the morning and at dusk, this gives you the best opportunity to see the wild animals. After a busy day exploring the national park, a late dinner is a relaxing end to the day.
Leave behind Yala National Park, for the final part of your magnificent honeymoon. Three nights on the Southwest coast at The Blue Water Hotel, this elegant resort is the perfect location to relax and unwind after an adventurous journey around Sri Lanka. Fine restaurants, endless tropical gardens and pristine beaches create a dreamlike end to your honeymoon. Your private driver will escort you to Colombo airport for your flight home.
This honeymoon combines adventure, elegance and relaxation to ensure both of your honeymoon dreams are met. If you are interested in creating a personalised honeymoon itinerary contact the Honeymoon Dreams team at honeymoondreams.co.uk
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